Kaiketsu Zorro

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Not to be confused with Kaiketsu Zorori
Kaiketsu Zorro
Kaiketsu Zorro.jpg
Promotional poster for the television series Kaiketsu Zorro
快傑ゾロ
(Extraordinary Zorro)
Genre Historical, Adventure
Anime television series
Directed by Katsumi Minoguchi
Written by Sukehiro Tomita
Music by Hiromoto Tobisawa
Studio Ashi Productions
Network NHK
Original run April 5, 1996March 28, 1997
Episodes 52
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Kaiketsu Zorro (快傑ゾロ Kaiketsu Zoro?, lit. "Extraordinary Zorro") is an Italian/Japanese anime, based on the western character Zorro. Fifty-two episodes were produced, however only 46 were broadcast in Japan. The series became very popular in European countries, including Portugal and Spain, the colonial power of the area in the story.

Plot[edit]

Don Diego de la Vega returns from his study trip to discover his homeland is under the army's dictatorship. Diego, refusing to watch idly, disguises himself as Zorro to protect the weak and oppressed. Diego is not a coward but he is unable to win the affections of his sweetheart, Lolita Prideaux, who is attracted to other more noble men. Diego serenades Lolita as Zorro and fights the evils of his homeland, hoping to capture her heart.

Diego is accompanied by Bernardo, a boy wearing a similar costume, dubbed "Little Zorro", and a small brown dog.

Main characters[edit]

Don Diego de la Vega/Zorro

The main character of the series. As Diego he acts lazy and clumsy, usually showing cowardly, foolish, and silly characteristics to hide his secret identity, but as Zorro he is the best swordsman in the world. Diego, just like his father, is always very calm and reasonable, unlike Lolita and Bernardo, who are very hot-headed and stubborn.

Lolita Prideaux

The female protagonist of the series. Diego's spunky blond childhood friend and love interest. She is bossy over Diego, but she loves Zorro.

Bernardo/Little Zorro

The co-protagonist of the series, an abandoned orphan found by Diego when he was still a baby. Diego adopted and took care of him as if he was his younger brother or his son. He helps Zorro by eavesdropping in other people's conversations, and later develops his own alter ego, "Little Zorro". This role was popularized by pantomime comedian Gene Sheldon.

Commandant Raymond

The main antagonist of the series. The corrupt head officer of the Spanish Army in California. He is later killed by Zorro in a sword fight.

Lieutenant Gabriel

The second main antagonist of the series. An officer of the Spanish army who has an affection for Lolita. He is the right hand conspirator of Commandant Raymond on each of their evil plots in California. He is defeated and arrested by Sergeant Gonzales in the end of the series.

Don Alejandro de la Vega

Diego's father.

Sergeant Pedro Gonzales

Stout sergeant who often serves as the comic relief. Comparable to Johnston McCulley's character from 1920's The Mark of Zorro.

Episodes[edit]

  1. "The Symbol of Justice Is 'Z'!"
  2. "Here Comes Little Zorro!"
  3. "Gabriel, the Plotter!"
  4. "Wake Up My Friend!"
  5. "Father's Secret"
  6. "A Trap with a Red Jewel"
  7. "An Heiress to Property"
  8. "A Guitar to Kill"
  9. "Let's Find the Pirate Treasure!"
  10. "Diego Has Become a Ghost!"
  11. "The Adventure of Little Zorro"
  12. "Figaro, the Stray Dog"
  13. "Little Zorro at Full Blast"
  14. "The Stagecoach Is in Danger!"
  15. "Lolita's Kiss"
  16. "The Sword for Japan"
  17. "Zorro Is Cornered!"
  18. "Diego, the Clever Detective"
  19. "A House of Tricky Devices"
  20. "The Boy Who Seeks Vengeance On Zorro"
  21. "Fly, the Wings of Dreams!"
  22. "Gonzales, the Thief"
  23. "The Bride Is a Spanish Girl"
  24. "Raymond, the Enemy of the People"
  25. "The Clown in Tears"
  26. "Pepita, the Liar"
  27. "Romping Madam and the Little Zorro"
  28. "Haunted Ruins"
  29. "Mona Lisa Is Crying"
  30. "Gonzales in Love"
  31. "Wicked Design of the South India Trading Company"
  32. "The Doctor Is a Drunkard"
  33. "A Terrible Wooer"
  34. "The Order to Kill Zorro"
  35. "Gonzales in Love Again"
  36. "Zorro Was Unmasked at Last!"
  37. "Diego Has Become a Rascal"
  38. "Lady Inventor at Full Blast"
  39. "The Battle in the Storm"
  40. "My Fair Lady Zorro"
  41. "Lolita, Get Your Gun!"
  42. "Trap By Ninja Magic"
  43. "Beauty and Monster"
  44. "Gabriel's Rebellion"
  45. "The Legend of the Divine Wood"
  46. "Zorro's Head Is Cut Off"
  47. "Governor-General Kidnapped"
  48. "A Righteous Military Officer"
  49. "Farewell to the Army"
  50. "Blast Off the Demonic Cannons!"
  51. "Raymond: A Prelude to the Collapse"
  52. "The Sword of Justice Forever"

Music[edit]

The series use two pieces of theme music. The Japanese Opening theme is "ZORRO", and the Japanese ending theme is "Chikai" (誓い; "Oath"). Both songs are sung by the Japanese vocalist Masaaki Endoh, and are used for the 46 episodes which aired in Japan.

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